Thrive as a Homemaker: a 7-day devotion to help you fall in love with your role

A peek inside this post: Do you want to be encouraged in your homemaking duties? Check out these printable devotions for homemakers and be reminded of the significance of what you do on a daily basis. With these devotions about homemaking, you will be encouraged to see what God says on the topic, and learn to fall in love with your role and start thriving as a homemaker!

It’s only natural for people to want to feel equipped to do their job. Why should homemakers be any different?

At Just Homemaking, we believe that when we honor God through biblical homemaking, it changes and affects us from the inside out.

The heart-change in us carries over to our homes and to our families. And then that impact in our homes and families pours out to others– making ripple effects for the people we do life with, and for the generations that will come after us.

If we want to thrive, if we want the impact, if we want the GENERATIONAL RIPPLES, we have to start with those key steps first:

Honor God.

Heart Change.

Only then will we see lasting effects and be able to truly thrive in our roles as homemakers.

Let’s get started on that heart change, shall we?

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How to Use These Devotions About Homemaking

This devo has 7 daily devotions to help you thrive as a homemaker. Each day consists of scripture with Bible verses about homemaking – or that can be applied to homemaking, because as we know from 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

I don’t know about you, but I want to be equipped for every good work!

There are also stories and examples of real life application, a notes/journaling section for introspection (in the printable version), and a challenge to help you live out these verses and start thriving as a homemaker!

You can complete this short study alone, or maybe with a couple of friends or even a women’s group!

For your convenience, we have put this devotion in an easy to use PDF format. You can access it digitally on this page, or print it out for a hard copy with beautiful graphics and a spot to jot your notes/journal as you reflect.

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7 Devotions About Homemaking to Help You Fall in Love With Your Role


Day 1| Proverbs 16:3

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

Proverbs 16:3

This verse has been quoted so many times that I think we can often overlook its direction. Another translation reads, “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”

As a homemaker, I very much like the idea of my plans succeeding.

Plans to cook, clean, do laundry, have things just so.

Plans for my husband and children to feel well taken care of and acknowledge all the ways I’ve done so.

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Plans to take a well-deserved seat on the couch and put my feet up after a long day.

But how often or how deeply am I committing myself to the Lord as I make all these plans? 

RELEVANCE TO HOMEMAKERS

The truth is, I’m often focused on the gratifying checking off of tasks on my to-do list and feel frustrated when my plans or schedule are disturbed. Am I really committing to the Lord? Am I completely depending on him to make my plans successful, to establish my steps?

When the work we do aligns with the will of God, then success will follow. I know that being a homemaker aligns with the will of God, and we will talk more about His instructions for homemakers later in this devo, but first, let’s think about where we struggle with depending on Him in our role.

I know personally, I forget to commit to Him during my mundane tasks. As a homemaker, it’s so easy to roll up my sleeves and wash that dish, make that meal, or scrub that floor without asking God how he would have me spend my day.

It’s not that the tasks I’m doing are displeasing to God. Rather, I struggle with letting him be a part of them!

My husband and I send each other texts throughout the day. We like to check in, share about our day, and show we’re thinking about each other. It’s a great way to stay connected while our jobs and schedules have us in different places doing different things.

God wants to know we’re thinking of him, too. God wants to be connected with us during our day, too. 

Let’s commit to the Lord by including Him in our day.

CHALLENGE

Let God know you’re thinking about Him! Read His word, listen to worship music without multitasking, spend some quality time just talking to Him and showering Him with sweet words from your heart. And then bring Him along as you perform your homemaking tasks today. I’m sure He’d love to join you.

PRAYER

Dear God,

I am so sorry for excluding you from my day. I often have tunnel-vision and forget to spend the time with you that you deserve.

Will you hang out with me today? I have some ideas but am up for whatever you think is best.

Thank you for always making time for me, even when I fail to do the same for you. You are good and you want good for me. I commit myself to you and know that you will establish my steps.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

REFLECTION

How do you think your homemaking might be transformed if you started each day by asking God to hang out with you? If you chatted with Him while you made beds or drank your coffee? If you asked Him to encourage and motivate you while performing the dreaded task of deep cleaning the dishwasher? If you simply said, “Lord, I am just crazy about you.” 


Day 2| Proverbs 14:1

“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”

Proverbs 14:1

Do me a favor: cover up the second half of this scripture and just focus on, “The wise woman builds her house,”. 

What do you envision about yourself when you read just that first half? How do you see yourself as a wise woman building her house?

For me, I picture myself at my very best. Hair and makeup both beautiful and effortless. Dressed in something stylish yet comfortable. My home is clean and tidy, decorated tastefully with just the right touches.

Machines give witness to my productivity in the background of an otherwise quiet home: the gentle hum of the dishwasher, the whirring of the washing machine, the satisfying aroma of something bubbling on the stove.

Things are thriving and it makes me feel like I have my life together. Even my posture is better in this self-conjured image. Way to go, Imaginary Me!

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Now, cover up the first half of the verse and instead put your eyes and mind toward, “but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”

Eck. What does this part of the scripture make you think of? Are you maybe remembering some times you’ve been foolish or self sabotaging?

Cringe.

My mind immediately went to the early days of being a young married couple when my husband and I had no idea how to budget! When I think now of wasteful, foolish decisions we made, I still tense up and am riddled with regret all these years later.

I have to remember to give our younger selves some grace because we simply didn’t know what we didn’t know.

And honestly, I wish I could say I was only financially foolish, but alas, my sometimes-senselessness seeped into other areas under my responsibility, too. Like time management and efficiency.

I feel like a warning would have been helpful for younger me. A “watch out for this pitfall” type of message.

And really, as I examine today’s scripture, I feel like that’s exactly what it is. A warning. 

RELEVANCE TO HOMEMAKERS

As homemakers, isn’t it amazing the influence we have over our homes? The honor is huge, but so is the responsibility.

Just as much as our wise choices can positively influence our home, how damaging can our poor choices be to it and those who dwell in it?

I don’t know about you, but the idea that my own actions could be the downfall of my entire home and family is a heavy weight.

Collins Dictionary says, “A wise person is able to use their experience and knowledge in order to make sensible decisions and judgements.”

I love that definition because it leaves room for constant growth. It doesn’t say, “a wise person is someone who always gets it right,” or “a wise person was simply born that way.” Rather, a wise person uses their experience (good and bad) to be more sensible.

If we’re honest with ourselves, we can admit that we’re not done acting foolishly, at least not in a permanent sense. Knowing that we will never be perfect we can at least commit to not playing the part of a fool so willingly.

We can choose to seek wisdom over folly, to learn from our past mistakes and bad habits, and to make the wise choice rather than the easy one.

Sometimes that means making that grocery order so your weekly meals are planned and purchased, rather than hoping dinner will just make itself. (Spoiler alert: it won’t!)

Sometimes that means filling up at the gas station on your way home from your kid’s sporting event, even though you’re really tired, instead of telling yourself you’ll do it in the morning. (Why do we always run late on those mornings?!)

Sometimes that means saying no to a purchase you really, really want but don’t actually need. Other times it’s the hard task of prioritizing all the legitimate needs for whichever one is the most needed.

Sometimes that means biting your tongue, even when you have the perfect response.

Sometimes it’s admitting to yourself, God, and maybe others, that you have a problem and need help or education in a certain area so you don’t keep making the same mistakes.

CHALLENGE

Examine areas in your life that you might be living foolishly. Brainstorm some ideas (alone or with a support person) where you can start implementing small changes that will make a big difference. 

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

You are so good and so wise. You don’t do a single thing without purpose and intentionality.

I long to be more like you, Lord.

I want to be doing things on purpose to set myself up for success, rather than being surprised by the consequences of situations I’ve created for myself!

I seek you and pray that you would bless me with wisdom and discernment. Help me to build my house and love my family well. Send your Holy Spirit to guide me and lead me on a path for the wise, rather than that of the foolish.

Help me draw on past experience but more than that, to lean on your Word, rather than my own understanding.

I pray these things in your Son’s name, who, when walking earth as a man,  had to make decisions daily, and always, always chose wisely and selflessly.

Amen.

REFLECTION

Who is a woman you consider to be wise? What about her or the way she lives gives you that impression of her? Is there anything you could ask her as you strive to be more wise? 


Day 3| Philippians 2:13

“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:13

The CEB translation of this verse reads, “God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out his good purposes.” 

Interesting.

So God places the longing in my heart to do His will, and enables me to actually do it?

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Is it just me, or do you sometimes operate on an either-or mentality, too?

I often feel like I want to be that woman who lives her life in a way that pleases God but lack the ability.

Or, I go ahead and do the darn thing, going through the motions, but my heart isn’t in it.

But this scripture’s truth is in contrast to those sentiments. God provides the will and the work!

RELEVANCE TO HOMEMAKERS

When it comes to being a homemaker, there are always so many tasks we have ahead of us. I’m sure I’m not the first housewife to admit that I don’t always have a longing in my heart to do my chores and tend to all the needs. 

It’s a lot caring for all our people, isn’t it?

Do I have a longing to invest in all the hearts under my care? Man, do I! Sometimes it’s overwhelming because I care so much but also feel like I don’t have the strength, gumption, perseverance, etc. to uphold all those weighty responsibilities.

Mama is tired.

But you know what? This verse reminds me that it is God working in me. He provides the will and the work.

And I’m grateful for both.

CHALLENGE

Do your best to assess situations as they arise today and this week.

When you are faced with a task you know needs to be done but don’t want to do it, thank God for the work and ask him for the will.

Likewise, when you have a deep longing in your heart but don’t feel like you have the wherewithal to do it, thank God for the will and ask him to provide the work to get it done.

I really believe God will happily meet you there in those places and give supplement to the area in which you find yourself lacking. 

PRAYER

God our Provider,

How smart you are to know that we as mere humans cannot get by with just will or just work. The two go hand in hand in contentment and intentionality. 

You are so amazingly kind to place both the longing in our hearts and provide us the capability to get it done. You make whatever “it” is within our reach.

I pray that you would continue to place yearning in my heart for the things that please and honor you, Lord, and work in me so that I can do those things for you, that my day and my work would be a blessing to you.

God, I love you. I thank you for the Cross and for sending your Son, Jesus. It’s in His name I pray,

Amen.

REFLECTION

How do you feel when your husband or kids do a chore because they genuinely want to? Does the completion of the task feel different to you when they do it with a willing heart, versus doing it reluctantly while complaining? If they were asked the same question about you, what do you think their answer would be?


Day 4| Proverbs 31:13

“She … works with willing hands.”

Proverbs 31:13

Oh, the timing of my current situation as I write today’s devotion. The irony is not lost on me.

You see, sweet friend, the worst of the worst has happened: my dishwasher is broken.

It’s been broken for a month. We had somebody come out to look at it. He determined it was in fact broken and would need to be replaced rather than repaired. Since then, it’s been a waiting game of getting the new one ordered and him having the time to install it for us.

Proverbs 31:13

I am so beyond over washing dishes for my family of 6.

I have to laugh at my own conviction of how unwilling my hands are to be working in this way as I read today’s scripture. 

RELEVANCE TO HOMEMAKERS

The truth is, God gave us our hands so we could use them!

How often are we not using them, even if we’re sitting down ostensibly doing nothing?

When we’re reading, we need our hands to turn the page.

When we’re watching TV we’re probably twirling our hair, sewing up a stuffed animal’s latest injury, or pushing a glass of water away from the edge of the coffee table before it meets someone’s elbow.

Look at your hands right now. Are you working with them willingly? 

CHALLENGE

Take some time to pamper your hands. Soak them, do an exfoliating scrub and follow up with a decadent cream. If you’re into painted nails, do that too. They will feel softer, smoother, and look prettier.

I know this may seem superficial, but doing this will help you to be more aware of your hands over the next couple days. My hope is that your increased awareness will serve as a reminder for this verse, and that every time you notice your soft, smooth, lovely hands, you will strive to work with them willingly.

PRAYER

Dear God,

I don’t know that I’ve ever thanked you for my hands. What a silly oversight on my part.

These hands have held babies, wiped tears, prepared meals, tousled hair, made beds, and scrubbed toilets.

They’ve learned and taught how to write and how to count.

They’ve offered many gentle touches and they’ve prevented disaster.

They’ve interlocked as I’ve prayed and turned the pages of your written Word.

Lord, I am so thankful for the gift of these hands. Help me to use them in ways that honor you, and to do so willingly. 

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

REFLECTION

Who is someone in your life that works with willing hands? Is this a trait you admire? 


Day 5| Proverbs 31:27-28 

“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

Proverbs 31:27-28 

I have a confession to share with you, sweet friend: I struggle with idleness. Sometimes in a big way.

It’s not all the time, but I have periods or seasons of just being stuck in a rut and taking awhile to get out of it.

In fact, one such period hit me while I was writing this devo. I kept opening up Google Docs, willing myself to finish writing the last few days of this series, and just couldn’t do it knowing that this verse was waiting for me while I was full-on devouring the bread of idleness.

And you best believe that if I was unable to write, there was a whole lot more I wasn’t doing during that stretch. I wasn’t taking care of myself, my home, or my family very well at all.

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I eventually started to get my shenanigans together and step away from the carb coma of idleness, but it was really icky being there as long as I was. I know that this is an area that I will continue to struggle with, especially when I’m overwhelmed. (Any Enneagram 9s reading this will understand!)

I feel like I can share this with you so that you know I’m not pretending to have it all together. This devo is as much an encouragement for myself as it is for you and for others.

I’m not always great at doing all these things we’re talking about here, but I definitely feel better when I do! Imagine that– feeling better when I’m living in accordance with God’s will. I mean, duh.

RELEVANCE TO HOMEMAKERS

God designed us and therefore knows what’s good for us and what isn’t. It doesn’t feel good to anyone to be a loaf beyond a period of rest. Perhaps God knew this could be a recurring problem for women at home and that’s why he made sure to address it when talking to/about us specifically.

Sometimes it feels extra hard to watch over the affairs of our households. Maybe we’d rather zone out by watching TV, scrolling social media, or meddling in someone else’s affairs.

But guess what?

Although it may feel good in the temporary, it definitely doesn’t satisfy in the long term. And God knew that it wouldn’t, and loves us so much that he would offer us this guidance.

It is so much better for mind, body, and soul when we’ve earned our tired at the end of a day well spent and well managed. 

CHALLENGE

To avoid burnout and the initial appeal of idleness, let’s schedule time in our day to rest for a spell. If that means a quiet time in the morning, or a 15 minute cap on social media while you sip an afternoon iced coffee, honor the boundary you set for yourself and avoid the pitfall that being idle offers. Once the time is up, get back to watching over the affairs of your household.

PRAYER

God,

You are such a good Father to offer guidance in how I should live my life. You know my struggles and you never leave me to figure it out alone.

I am so grateful to be home and I am sorry for taking my position for granted when I choose to be idle. Please help me to heed your instruction by watching over the affairs of my household with the same care and intentionality that you have for me.

Humbly in Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

REFLECTION

Are there precursors to your own periods of idleness? What are some things you could swap out or eliminate in order to avoid them? 


Day 6| Titus 2:3-5

“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”

Titus 2:3-5

There’s a lot to unpack in this scripture, but one thing I really love is that it covers community and the generational diversity within homemaking. There is clear instruction for both “older” and “younger” women, and what their roles should include.

This scripture also indicates that women from both age camps are being seen by others as an example.

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Older women are to be “reverent” and “teach what is good.”

Younger women are to “love their husbands and children,” “be self controlled and pure,” “be busy at home,” etc. so that no one will malign the word of God.

Have you ever been praised for your kids’ behavior or character? As a mom, it means so much when someone notices our kids being good or doing good, and it’s a testament to how we parent. The same is true when we are doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord. Others will notice, and it’s a testament to Him.

RELEVANCE TO HOMEMAKERS

We are all in different seasons of our homemaking journey, and therefore, have different duties to fulfill. But no matter which stage of life we’re in, we are meant to be exemplars.

Don’t ever for a second think that what you’re doing in your everyday life is unimportant, or goes unnoticed.

How we live matters. How we love matters.

CHALLENGE

Assess which camp of women you currently fall into according to this scripture, and seek out a woman in the opposite camp. Take her out to coffee or invite her over for lunch. What can you teach or learn from her?

PRAYER

Dear God, 

Thank you for taking care of me at every age and every stage. Thank you for the reminder that I have purpose and something to offer in my role as a homemaker, whether I’m green or seasoned.

Lord, I pray that you would use me for your good in my circle of influence. Help me to be on mission for the people I do life with.

Help me to love my husband and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to my husband. Help me to be reverent in the way I live, not to slander, and to be sober minded. Help me to learn what is good, and teach what is good.

Help me to be more like Jesus in every way, and thank you for those you have put in my path that are His hands and feet.

Amen.

REFLECTION

Go through each direction given in today’s scripture. Which instructions are you fulfilling? Which ones do you need to work on? 


Day 7| Colossians 3:23-24

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Colossians 3:23-24

I don’t typically mind housework in general, but really get annoyed when those I live with don’t do a good job of maintaining what I’ve done.

I’ll clean the bathroom with no problem, but it feels like a personal attack when my husband gets whiskers on his sink after shaving.

I’ll mop the floor but lament at the injustice when my kids spill something on it and don’t do a sufficient enough job of cleaning it up.

You get the idea.

I remember a specific week a few years back when I was so sick of picking up after my husband and children. So you know what I did?

I started building an arsenal of photographic evidence to use against them at a time of my choosing. The whole week, I took loads and loads of pictures:

Socks discarded on the floor next to the couch, right where they had been removed.

Crumbs left on counters, tables, and floors. Dishes left… everywhere.

Toothpaste and whiskers commingling in the bathroom sink.

Empty toilet paper rolls that for some reason could only be changed by me.

I grew more and more grumpy and resentful with each photo I snapped, but it also made me feel more and more validated because I was prepared to hurl my rocks of truth and undeniable mountain of evidence at the lot of them. 

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And then one day towards the end of that week, I was folding laundry on my bed, mentally preparing for their Come to Jesus Meeting (which I would be presenting, with visual aides), and I was convicted by the Holy Spirit:

“Love does not keep a record of wrongdoings.”

Gasp! No! That is not what one wants to be reminded of when one is quite literally keeping a record of wrongdoings.

I kindly asked the Holy Spirit to butt out and leave me with my justified principles, which I had been reciting all week long, thank you very much. When that didn’t work, I had to delete all of my carefully curated photos and deal with my own conviction. And repent. Ugh.

RELEVANCE TO HOMEMAKERS

Do you ever find yourself resentful of the areas in which you’re serving, and the people who benefit from your service?

I was certainly feeling that way in my example above. I was most definitely not working with all my heart, as if working for the Lord.

Can you imagine how wholeheartedly I would have worked if it was Christ I was serving?! I would be honored to wipe his whiskers, clean his dish, pick up his socks, and sweep his crumbs.

CHALLENGE

All day today, imagine Jesus is once again walking the earth as a man and  living in your house. Perform each task and service today as if He was the one reaping the benefits of your hard work.

PRAYER

Sweet, Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the opportunities you have placed before me to serve others. 

My family, friends, and community are such a wonderful blessing to me. I pray that you would help me to see Jesus in their faces so I can serve them gladly and selflessly. Let my home and countenance be a place of solace and refuge for them, that they may see Jesus in me by what I say, what I do, and how I live.

My home is a blessing of your provision, and I pray that it will be a blessing to others. Holy Spirit, lead me as I care for my home and all who enter it. Fill up the space in my home with your presence. Cover the gaps and fill in the cracks for all the places I can’t reach and all the times I don’t get it right.

Take ownership of my heart so that it can’t help but overflow with your love into my home, into my family, into my friends, and into my community. Help me to create a home that thrives from the inside out.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

REFLECTION

If Jesus was sitting at your kitchen table right now, how would that change your attitude towards homemaking and the way in which you approach your responsibilities? What would you want Him to see in you as you care for and serve your home and family?

Wrapping Up these Devotions for Homemakers

This devo is really at the heart of what we hope to accomplish here at Just Homemaking: helping you create a thriving home from the inside out!

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